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Your Trope Codifier. On top: The quirk, the muscle, the wild one, the pretty one. On bottom: the smart one, the head.


A standard of teen sitcoms and dramas, the Six-Student Clique is an ensemble that has members fall into standard teen archetypes. This was particularly common in The Nineties, so it sometimes overlaps with Five-Token Band.

Six is a good number because it gives plenty of choices for Shipping without going into Loads and Loads of Characters. And with a Gender Equal Ensemble, you have the option of Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends. Or not.

This is the standard version, although variations do occur. The main thing is to fill all six roles. Trying to fit any group of six into this trope runs the risk of Square Peg, Round Trope.

Typically, the Head, the Muscle and the Quirk are male, while the Pretty One, the Smart One and the Wild One are female. Although none of them are Always Male or Always Female, this generalization can make it easier to classify the characters if some of them have characteristics of more than one role.

Sometimes a seventh character can be added -- usually an upperclassman -- to bring either a Foil to the main clique (comedy) or a teenaged Obi Wan (drama). Stories attempting realism may avoid exaggerating these personality traits too much, under the assumption that kids that different generally don't hang around each other in real life.

Examples of Six-Student Clique include:


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The Burger King Kids Club:

The Head

Kid Vid

The Wild One

Jaws

The Muscle

Boomer

The Pretty One

Snaps

The Quirk

Lingo or Wheels

The Smart One

I.Q.

Anime/Manga

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai

The Head

Jintan

The Wild One

Anaru

The Muscle

Yukiatsu

The Pretty One

Menma

The Quirk

Poppo

The Smart One

Tsuruko

Azumanga Daioh - Maybe it's the Japanese culture or maybe it's a subversion, but more than one character fits all the slots:

The Head

Yomi & Tomo, if anyone

The Wild One

Tomo & Kagura

The Muscle

Sakaki & Kagura

The Pretty One

Chiyo & Sakaki

The Quirk

Tomo & Osaka

The Smart One

Chiyo & Yomi
  • Chiyo & Yomi have a friendly competition going for the Smart One position.
  • Tomo is the Quirk runner-up, but Osaka has more crazy than the other five combined.
  • Canonically, only Chiyo (cute) and Sakaki (cool) are treated as having notable appearance. All of them could be the Pretty One, according to the fandom. Pick one and start your own Flame War!

K-On!:

The Head

Mio

The Wild One

Ritsu

The Muscle

Tsumugi

The Pretty One

Azusa

The Quirk

Yui

The Smart One

Nodoka

Lucky Star:

The Head

Konata

The Wild One

Patricia

The Muscle

Kagami

The Pretty One

Yutaka

The Quirk

Tsukasa

The Smart One

Miyuki

Sailor Moon:

The Head

Usagi

The Wild One

Rei

The Muscle

Makoto

The Pretty One

Mamoru

The Quirk

Minako

The Smart One

Ami

Comics

Archie Comics (although who fills what role depends on whether Moose or Dilton is considered the sixth student):

The Head

Archie

The Wild One

Reggie or Veronica

The Muscle

Moose or Reggie

The Pretty One

Veronica or Betty

The Quirk

Jughead

The Smart One

Betty or Dilton
  • Cheryl could also fit the Wild One if she shows up.

She's Josie:

The Head

Alex

The Wild One

Melody

The Muscle

Sock

The Pretty One

Josie (could be

The Head too)

The Quirk

Albert

The Smart One

Pepper

Archie's less successful series, Wilbur Comics, is more definite:

The Head

Wilbur

The Wild One

Slats

The Muscle

Tiny

The Pretty One

Laurie

The Quirk

Red

The Smart One

Linda

Young Justice - original six:

The Head

Robin

The Wild One

Secret

The Muscle

Superboy

The Pretty One

Arrowette

The Quirk

Impulse

The Smart One

Wonder Girl
  • After Cissie quits, the gender mostly flips:

The Head

Wonder Girl

The Wild One

Secret

The Muscle

Empress

The Pretty One

Superboy

The Quirk

Impulse

The Smart One

Robin


Fan Works

The Secret Life of the Backyard Kids

The Head

Jorge

The Wild One

Sam

The Muscle

Achmed

The Pretty One

Angela

The Quirk

Tony

The Smart One

Dmitri

Films

The Breakfast Club (without the sixth student):

The Head

Bender

The Wild One

Allison

The Muscle

Andy

The Pretty One

Claire
  • Brian fits as both The Quirk and The Smart One.

The Faculty:

The Head

Zeke

The Wild One

Stokely

The Muscle

Stan

The Pretty One

Delilah

The Quirk

Casey

The Smart One

Marybeth, being the

Alien Invasion mastermind

From Justin to Kelly:

The Head

Justin

The Wild One

Alexa

The Muscle

Eddie

The Pretty One

Kelly

The Quirk

Brandon

The Smart One

Kaya
  • Or, respectively, as summed up by Todd in the Shadows: "Ahem: Zack, Slater, Screech, Kelly, Jessie...Evil Whore."

The Goonies:

The Head

Mikey

The Wild One

Stef

The Muscle

Brand

The Pretty One

Andy

The Quirk

Chunk or Mouth

The Smart One

I.Q.

Saved!:

The Head

Patrick

The Wild One

Cassandra

The Muscle

Dean

The Pretty One

Dean's prom date

The Quirk

Roland

The Smart One

Mary

Literature

Aimee by Mary Beth Miller:

The Head

Chard

The Wild One

Protagonist

The Muscle

Kyle or Jason

The Pretty One

Aimee

The Quirk

Kates

The Smart One

Kates
  • The Head Chard is not the main character in the book though.
  • Nobody really fully fits the Quirk bill, though Kates is almost like Screech.
  • The Wild One position alternates between Aimee and the protagonist that remains unnamed until the end of the book.

Animorphs:

The Head

Jake

The Wild One

Marco

The Muscle

Rachel

The Pretty One

Cassie

The Quirk

Tobias

The Smart One

Ax
  • Rachel is explicitly said to be blond and much prettier than Cassie. She also goes Ax Crazy by the end of the series, so not so much.
  • Ax in human morph definitely has elements of the Quirk.
  • Marco's "see straight from A to B" ability and his Book Dumb and Schemer characteristics make him the Head in every way except for not overtly leading the team.
  • Jake often seems to be the Muscle in charge, since Cassie (occasionally) and Marco (often) are the power behind his throne: Marco dictates strategies while Cassie dictate morals.

Harry Potter - Dumbledore's Army in the Department of Mysteries:

The Head

Harry

The Wild One

Luna

The Muscle

Ron

The Pretty One

Ginny

The Quirk

Neville

The Smart One

Hermione

Percy Jackson and The Olympians:

The Head

Percy

The Wild One

Thalia

The Muscle

Tyson

The Pretty One

Rachel Elizabeth Dare

The Quirk

Grover

The Smart One

Annabeth

Roswell High:

The Head

Max

The Wild One

Maria

The Muscle

Michael

The Pretty One

Isabel (with wild-

child tendencies)

The Quirk

Alex

The Smart One

Liz

The Spy High series:

The Head

Ben

The Wild One

Jennifer (and later Bex,

after Jennifer dies)

The Muscle

Jake

The Pretty One

Lori

The Quirk

Eddie

The Smart One

Cally


Live Action TV

As The Bell Rings (US version):

The Head

Danny

The Wild One

Tiffany

The Muscle

Toejam

The Pretty One

Charlotte, replaced

by Lexi

The Quirk

Skipper

The Smart One

Brooke
  • Tiffany is also considered to be The Pretty One, but her personality is more Wild.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has this in some form or another its whole life.

The Head

Buffy

The Wild One

Xander

The Muscle

Angel, replaced by

Riley, then Spike

The Pretty One

Cordelia; later Anya

The Quirk

Oz

The Smart One

Willow
  • Cordelia, being originally a bit of an Alpha Bitch, was eventually, replaced by the better-fitting Anya.

Clue

The Head

Dmitiri

The Wild One

Agnes

The Muscle

Seamus

The Pretty One

Liz

The Quirk

Lucas

The Smart One

Whitney

Community:

The Head

Jeff

The Wild One

Pierce

The Muscle

Troy

The Pretty One

Britta

The Quirk

Abed

The Smart One

Annie
  • Shirley is the only one who doesn't really fit as she's their Team Mom.
  • Britta and Annie can be switched.

Degrassi: The Next Generation has had a couple of these, but the original was:

The Head

JT Yorke

The Wild One

Manny Santos

The Muscle

Sean Cameron

The Pretty One

Emma Nelson

The Quirk

Toby Isaacs

The Smart One

Liberty Van Zandt

Fresh Meat

The Head

Kingsley

The Wild One

Vod

The Muscle

JP (overlapping with

the upperclassman)

The Pretty One

Josie

The Quirk

Howard

The Smart One

Oregon
  • The never-seen Paul Lamb the Invisible Man is counted as the The Seventh Ranger.
  • Josie and Kingsley could be switched, if Josie she didn't qualify for the Pretty One more than Kingsley does.

Friends

The Head

Ross brainy paleontologist

The Muscle

Joey the only guy with any muscle, certainly the most physical of them

The Quirk

Chandler neurotic and snarky, unlucky in love for the most part

The Wild One

Phoebe ditzy, wild, and a sordid past

The Pretty One

Rachel the romantic lead from day 1, even became a source of brief

tension between the Head and the Muscle during a later season

The Smart One

Monica generally the common-sense wielding one among the girls

Ghostwriter:

The Head

Jamal

The Wild One

Gaby

The Muscle

Alex

The Pretty One

Lenni

The Quirk

Rob

The Smart One

Tina

Glee:

The Head

Finn and Rachel

The Wild One

Mercedes and Tina

The Muscle

Puck and Santana

The Pretty One

Quinn and Brittany

The Quirk

Kurt

The Smart One

Artie

The Head

Finn and Rachel

The Wild One

Mercedes, Tina

and Santana

The Muscle

Puck and Lauren

The Pretty One

Quinn and Mike

The Quirk

Sam and Brittany

The Smart One

Artie
  • Another candidate for the Quirk is and Kurt before he leaves.
  • Blaine also fits the Pretty One, though not an official member of the group.

Gossip Girl

The Head

Blair

The Wild One

Chuck

The Muscle

Serena

The Pretty One

Nate

The Quirk

Jenny and/or

Vanessa

The Smart One

Dan

Happy Endings

The Head

Dave

The Wild One

Penny

The Muscle

Brad

The Pretty One

Alex

The Quirk

Max

The Smart One

Jane

Higher Ground:

The Head

Scott

The Wild One

Daisy

The Muscle

Auggie

The Pretty One

Juliette

The Quirk

Ezra

The Smart One

Shelby

Kamen Rider Fourze:

The Head

Gentaro

The Wild One

JK

The Muscle

Shun

The Pretty One

Miu

The Quirk

Yuki and/or Tomoko

The Smart One

Kengo

My So-Called Life:

The Head

Angela

The Wild One

Rayanne

The Muscle

Jordan

The Pretty One

Rickie

The Quirk

Brian

The Smart One

Sharon

The OC:

The Head

Ryan

The Wild One

Marissa (seasons 1-3),

plus Pretty One elements

The Muscle

Various recurring

characters

The Pretty One

Summer, plus

Smart One elements

The Quick

Seth

The Smart One

Taylor (seasons 3-4),

plus Wild One elements

  • The show used a parade of recurring characters to fill the two missing roles, allowing the show to immediately set up a new Love Triangle following each Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends
  • Marissa is explicitly the Pretty One in series, Summer is arguably the Smart One, and Taylor is probably the closest to the Wild One you'll find. Also, Seth's the Head and Ryan's the Muscle, and they don't really have a third guy most of the time.

One Tree Hill

The Head

Lucas Scott

The Wild One

Brooke Davis

The Muscle

Nathan Scott

The Pretty One

Peyton Sawyer

The Quirk

Mouth MacFadden

The Smart One

Haley James Scott

Parker Lewis Can't Lose:

The Head

Parker Lewis

The Wild One

Michael Randall

The Muscle

Larry Kubiac

The Pretty One

Annie Sloan

The Quirk

Jerry Steiner

The Smart One

Shelly Lewis

Power Rangers in the first 5 seasons:

Seasons 2-4 Season 5

The Head

Tommy (the Muscle

too at times)

TJ

The Muscle

Rocky Carlos

The Quirk

Billy Justin

The Wild One

Zack, Aisha, Tanya Cassie

The Pretty One

Kimberly, then Kat Ashley

The Smart One

Trini, then Adam TJ
  • Originally the Head, Jason becomes The Obi-Wan in season 4.

The Puzzle Place:

The Head

Skye/Ben

The Wild One

Kiki

The Muscle

Leon

The Pretty One

Jody

The Quirk

Skye/Ben

The Smart One

Julie

Running The Halls, to which USA High was a Spiritual Successor:

The Head

Andy McBain

The Wild One

Nikki Watson

The Muscle

David Reese and/or

Miles Taylor

The Pretty One

Holiday Friedman

The Quirk

Mark "Shark" Stark

The Smart One

Molloy Simpson
  • The Head Andy has elements of the Muscle as well, while David and Miles can both be the Head at times.

Salute Your Shorts:

The Head

Budnick

The Wild One

Z.Z.

The Muscle

Donkeylips

The Pretty One

Dina

The Quirk

Sponge

The Smart One

Telly

The Secret Life of the American Teenager:

The Head

Ricky

The Wild One

Adrian

The Muscle

Jack

The Pretty One

Grace

The Quirk

Ben

The Smart One

Ashley
  • Everyone is supposed to think of Amy as smart, but she too often comes off as Too Dumb to Live. Ashley's the actual smart one.

Shining Time Station (They almost never appeared all in the same episode, but were once revealed to be an off-screen Clique):

The Head

Matt/Schemee

The Wild One

Tanya

The Muscle

Dan

The Pretty One

Becky

The Quirk

Matt/Schemee

The Smart One

Kara

Skins:

1st Gen 2nd Gen 3rd Gen

The Head

Tony Freddie Nick

The Muscle

Chris Cook Matty

The Quirk

Sid JJ Alo

The Wild One

Cassie Pandora Liv

The Pretty One

Michelle Effy Mini

The Smart One

Jal Naomily

(together)

Franky
  • Within Naomily, the Emily part is implied to be smart, while Naomi is "you know, clever."
  • Alternately, a Gender Flip:
1st & 2nd Gen 3rd Gen

The Head

Effy Mini

The Muscle

Katie Liv

The Quirk

Naomi Grace

The Wild One

Cook Alo

The Pretty One

Freddie Nick

The Smart One

JJ Rich
  • Either way, someone gets shafted, and it's usually Thomas.

Sonny With a Chance:

The Head

Sonny

The Wild One

Tawni

The Muscle

Chad

The Pretty One

Nico

The Quirk

Grady

The Smart One

Zora

The Suite Life On Deck (Half-second season):

The Head

Cody

The Wild One

Woody

The Muscle

Zack

The Pretty One

London

The Quirk

Marcus

The Smart One

Bailey

Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad:

The Head

Sam

The Wild One

Yolie

The Muscle

Tanker

The Pretty One

Jennifer

The Quirk

Amp

The Smart One

Sydney

Ten Things I Hate About You:

The Head

Patrick Verona

The Wild One

Kat Stratford

The Muscle

Joey Donner

The Pretty One

Bianca Stratford

The Quirk

Cameron James

The Smart One

Mandella

That 70s Show:

The Head

Eric

The Wild One

Kelso

The Muscle

Hyde

The Pretty One

Jackie

The Quirk

Fez

The Smart One

Donna

Twin Peaks has its own Six-Student Clique, though not all of them are friends:

The Head

Bobby

The Wild One

Audrey

The Muscle

Mike

The Pretty One

Shelly

The Quirk

James

The Smart One

Donna
  • The Quirk James is, though, is really more of a loner type.
  • Laura Palmer was the other Pretty One before her death.

USA High:

The Head

Jackson Green

The Wild One

Ashley Elliott

The Muscle

Christian Mueller

The Pretty One

Lauren Fontaine

The Quirk

Bobby "Lazz" Lazzarini,

Duane "Excess" Wilson

The Smart One

Winnie Barnes

Victorious:

The Head

Tori

The Wild One

Cat

The Muscle

Andre

The Pretty One

Beck and Trina

The Quirk

Robbie

The Smart One

Jade

The Wannabes:

The Head

Alan Taskin

The Wild One

Shaylyn Carson

The Muscle

Drew Robinson

The Pretty One

Sarah Moody

The Quirk

Andrew Stark

The Smart One

Mariah Pettigrew

Zoey 101:

The Head

Chase Matthews

The Wild One

Dana Cruz & Nicole Bristow (seasons

1-2), then Lola Martinez ever after

The Muscle

Logan Reese

The Pretty One

Zoey Brooks

The Quirk

Michael Barret

The Smart One

Quinn Pensky
  • The Other One – James Garret (season four)


Theater

Thirteen (Not an actual clique, just the main characters):

The Head

Evan

The Wild One

Lucy

The Muscle

Brett

The Pretty One

Kendra

The Quirk

Archi

The Smart One

Patrice

Video Games

Final Fantasy VIII (in which the player characters actually are students at a military academy):

The Head

Squall Leonheart

The Wild One

Selphie Tilmitt

The Muscle

Irvine Kinneas

The Pretty One

Rinoa Heartilly

The Quirk

Zell Dincht

The Smart One

Quistis Trepe

Final Fantasy XII:

The Head

Ashe

The Wild One

Fran

The Muscle

Basch

The Pretty One

Penelo

The Quirk

Vaan

The Smart One

Balthier

Final Fantasy XIII:

The Head

Lightning

The Wild One

Fang

The Muscle

Snow

The Pretty One

Vanille

The Quirk

Sazh

The Smart One

Hope

Web Original

The Guild:

The Head

Codex

The Wild One

Clara

The Muscle

Bladezz

The Pretty One

Tinkerballa

The Quirk

Zaboo

The Smart One

Vork

Survival of the Fittest v4 – The 'Entourage':

The Head

Reiko Ishida

The Wild One

Amber Whimsy

The Muscle

Jacob Charles

The Pretty One

Paige Single

The Quirk

Carol Burke (former

Sixth Ranger)

The Smart One

Ben Powell
  • Seventh Ranger -- Hui "Sarah" Xu


Western Animation

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron:

The Head

Jimmy

The Wild One

Libby

The Muscle

Sheen

The Pretty One

Betty

The Quirk

Carl

The Smart One

Cindy
  • An alternative would be to swap Sheen and Libby.

Alvin and The Chipmunks:

The Head

Alvin

The Wild One

Brittany

The Muscle

Theodore

The Pretty One

Eleanor

The Quirk

Jeanette

The Smart One

Simon
  • Theodore could be called The Big Guy in certain ways, but he doesn't quite fit this trope.
  • The Pretty One meaning not necessarily "pretty" but certainly the sweetest character.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The second half of Season 3:

The Head

Aang

The Wild One

Katara

The Muscle

Toph (Gender

inverted)

The Pretty One

Suki

The Quirk

Zuko

The Smart One

Sokka (Gender

inverted)

Blinky Bill:

The Head

Blinky Bill

The Wild One

Marcia Marsupial

Mouse

The Muscle

Splodge Kangaroo

The Pretty One

Nutsy

The Quirk

Shifty Dingo (and

sometimes Flap)

The Smart One

Flap Platypus (and

sometimes Shifty)

Clone High:

The Head

Abe

The Wild One

elements found in

both Joan and Cleo

The Muscle

JFK

The Pretty One

Cleo

The Quirk

Gandhi

The Smart One

Joan

Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy:

The Head

Jimmy

The Wild One

Sarah

The Muscle

Kevin

The Pretty One

Nazz

The Quirk

Jonny 2x4

The Smart One

Rolf
  • Jimmy could be The Quirk, Jonny 2x4 could be The Wild One, Nazz could bit of The Smart One, and Rolf could be The Quirk, too.

The Magic School Bus:

The Head

Carlos/Arnold

The Wild One

Wanda

The Muscle

Ralphie

The Pretty One

Phoebe

The Quirk

Carlos/Arnold

The Smart One

Dorothy Ann

and Keesha

Maya and Miguel:

The Head

Maya

The Wild One

Maggie

The Muscle

Andy

The Pretty One

Chrissy

The Quirk

Miguel

The Smart One

Theo

My Gym Partners a Monkey:

The Head

Adam Lyon

The Wild One

Lupe Toucan

The Muscle

Jake Spidermonkey

The Pretty One

Ingrid Giraffe

The Quirk

Slips Python

The Smart One

Windsor Gorilla

My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic [1]

The Smart Head

Twilight Sparkle

The Wild One

Rainbow Dash

The Muscle

Applejack

The Pretty One

Rarity

The Quirk

Pinkie Pie

The Shy One

Fluttershy
  • Twilight's double role puts Fluttershy in the slot where the Smart One would usually go.
  • Alternatively, Fluttershy could be considered "The Pretty One" (albeit unintentionally), while Rarity is "The Head" (who uses manipulation and wits to get what she wants) and Twilight is simply the Smart One.

Recess almost fits this trope, with the odd exception:

The Head

TJ Detweiler (The Ace)

The Wild One

Mikey Blumberg

The Muscle

Ashley Spinelli

The Pretty One

Vince LaSalle (probably

the closest they have)

The Quirk

Gus Griswald (Nerd

and the New Kid)

The Smart One

Gretchen Grundler
  • Mikey is certainly the one most off-the-beaten-track. He could be The Muscle on account of his size but he's mostly a Gentle Giant who enjoys writing poetry. Spinelli could be The Wild One.

Sixteen:

The Head

Wyatt

The Wild One

Nikki

The Muscle

Jonesy

The Pretty One

Caitlin

The Quirk

Jude

The Smart One

Jen

The Spectacular Spider-Man:

The Head

Peter Parker

The Wild One

Liz Allen

The Muscle

Flash Thompson

The Pretty One

Mary Jane Watson

The Quirk

Harry Osborn

The Smart One

Gwen Stacy
  • Although Peter Parker does have Quirk elements, and Harry Osborn does prove to be less intelligent than his friends. So in other words, both have elements of the Quirk and the Head.

Time Warp Trio (with their great-granddaughters)

The Head

Joe

The Wild One

Jodie

The Muscle

Fred

The Pretty One

Freddi

The Quirk

Sam

The Smart One

Samantha

Tiny Toon Adventures:

The Head

Plucky Duck

The Wild One

Babs Bunny

The Muscle

Buster Bunny

The Pretty One

Fifi La Fume

The Quirk

Hamton J. Pig

The Smart One

Shirley the Loon
  • In this rare case, the Muscle is the main character.
  • Shirley is a subversion in that she's a Valley Girl with mind powers.

WITCH (Season 1, at least)

The Head

Will

The Wild One

Irma

The Muscle

Caleb

The Pretty One

Cornelia

The Quirk

Hay Lin

The Smart One

Taranee

Young Justice:

The Head

Aqualad

The Wild One

Kid Flash

The Muscle

Superboy

The Pretty One

Miss Martian

The Quirk

Robin

The Smart One

Artemis

Notes

  1. Depending on how exactly you interpret the various vague clues about the age and maturity of the ponies, this may or may not be an example
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